Search found 10590 matches

by HungFist
07 Oct 2018, 06:51
Forum: Asian Film/DVD Discussion
Topic: Japanese cult cinema thread
Replies: 421
Views: 329641

Re: Japanese cult cinema thread

Modern Yakuza: Outlaw's Honor and Humanity (現代やくざ 与太者仁義) (1969) Noirish but not especially moving tale makes Sugawara play the second fiddle to young lovers (Masakazu Tamura, Ai Sasaki) on the run from the yakuza. Sugawara is the loyal yakuza brother trying to protect them, Ryo Ikebe an older broth...
by HungFist
07 Oct 2018, 06:50
Forum: Asian Film/DVD Discussion
Topic: Japanese cult cinema thread
Replies: 421
Views: 329641

Re: Japanese cult cinema thread

Modern Yakuza: Outlaw's Code (現代やくざ 与太者の掟) (1969) Surprisingly good transitional ninkyo / jitsuroku film sparks nicely in both genres, unlike most similar 'halfway-there' efforts. Bunta Sugawara is a jailbird back on the streets, a rough and violent but also chivalrous man who makes friends with a ...
by HungFist
07 Oct 2018, 06:29
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 4607
Views: 403989

Re: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5

Japan's Most Chivalrous (Japan) (日本大侠客) (1966) [TV] - 1.5/5 Masahiro Makino's adaptation of an often filmed story, hailed as one of the finest ninkyo films by Chris D, who also described it as "fast moving". I struggle to comprehend his view almost as much as I struggled with the film. Nothing real...
by HungFist
06 Oct 2018, 17:27
Forum: Asian Film/DVD Discussion
Topic: Killing 斬 (Shinya Tsukamoto, 2018)
Replies: 3
Views: 202

Re: Killing 斬 (Shinya Tsukamoto, 2018)

Thanks for the review. Sparked my curiosity. Maybe I'll go see this.
by HungFist
04 Oct 2018, 14:39
Forum: Asian Film/DVD Discussion
Topic: Kuru (Tetsuya Nakashima, 2018)
Replies: 0
Views: 110

Kuru (Tetsuya Nakashima, 2018)

I don't really like Nakashima (Kamikaze Girls, Confessions, The World of Kanako), but his films at least stand out among the otherwise anemic new Japanese cinema. Maybe I'll go see this. Opens Dec. 7. Teaser: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z2MBqxsq4bo Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OEFPDT...
by HungFist
03 Oct 2018, 14:09
Forum: Asian Film/DVD Discussion
Topic: The Nobuhiro Yamashita thread
Replies: 49
Views: 22918

Re: The Nobuhiro Yamashita thread

Hardcore looks watchable: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ja2Kzb5VZuo This is at Tokyo International Film Festival (aka the dullest film fest in the world) and I'll even be in Tokyo the same day it screens but I won't be at TIFF cause I have more important stuff to do. But I might catch this in the...
by HungFist
03 Oct 2018, 13:51
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 4607
Views: 403989

Re: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5

Black Lizard (黒蜥蜴) (Japan, 1962) [TV] - 2/5 The best detective in Japan (Minoru Oki) battles female super villain known as Black Lizard (Machiko Kyo) in a cartoonish and episodic Edogawa Rampo story. This is the 1962 Daiei version, not the better known Shochiku/Kinji Fukasaku 1968 version. This has...
by HungFist
03 Oct 2018, 08:58
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 9764
Views: 586685

Re: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5

Mother (USA, 2017) [VoD] - 1.5/5 The most infuriating film I've seen in ages, and no, it's not because Aronofsky is doing "something new" (in his own words), it's because of Bardem's character who keeps doing the exact opposite of what we all know he should do throughout the film, making the audien...
by HungFist
30 Sep 2018, 16:29
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 4607
Views: 403989

Re: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5

New Abashiri Prison Story (新網走番外地) (Japan, 1968) [DVD] - 2.5/5 New Abashiri Prison Story: Harbour Duel (新網走番外地 流人岬の血斗) (Japan, 1969) [DVD] - 2/5 It's amazing how much mileage they got out of this idea. How many total movies did they make within the 'Abashiri Prison' concept? 10+8. Ishii directed th...
by HungFist
30 Sep 2018, 13:59
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 4607
Views: 403989

Re: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5

New Abashiri Prison Story (新網走番外地) (Japan, 1968) [DVD] - 2.5/5 Part 1 in the reboot series. This initially looks like it's going to break new ground with Takakura sent not to Abashiri Prison but a US/JP joint military prison camp in snowy Abashiri, governed by American guards and packing internatio...
by HungFist
30 Sep 2018, 13:24
Forum: Asian Film/DVD Discussion
Topic: Retro Cinemas and Cult Films in Japan
Replies: 135
Views: 44630

Re: Retro Cinemas and Cult Films in Japan

A friend of mine just attended this last night in Tokyo: https://sketchesofcinema.files.wordpress.com/2018/09/jin.jpg Battles Without Honor and Humanity all night . All 5 films back to back in 35mm, from 8:20 pm to 6 am. Couldn't afford a Tokyo trip myself this time as I needed to save money... all ...
by HungFist
29 Sep 2018, 16:27
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 9764
Views: 586685

Re: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5

Mandy DCP 4/5 Really looking forward to this one. Opens here in November. Barb Wire 35mm 2.5/5 I fucking hated this flick when I previously watched it on VHS in the late 90ies. I went to this screening because there was to be an intro by Udo Kier and the festival brochure went out of its way to pra...
by HungFist
28 Sep 2018, 14:45
Forum: Asian Film/DVD Discussion
Topic: The Teruo Ishii thread
Replies: 31
Views: 2867

Re: The Teruo Ishii thread

Guro Taku wrote:
28 Sep 2018, 14:22
HungFist wrote:
27 Sep 2018, 14:16
...too many film clips from Tokugawa Sex Ban and Orgies of Edo.
That pretty much guarantees we'll get TOKUGAWA SEX BAN from Arrow in the near future, doesn't it?
Had those clips been in HD, I'd say yes. But since they weren't, I'm not sure what to make of it...
by HungFist
27 Sep 2018, 14:16
Forum: Asian Film/DVD Discussion
Topic: The Teruo Ishii thread
Replies: 31
Views: 2867

Re: The Teruo Ishii thread

I watched the Malformed BD today. The image is very green indeed. I managed to make it more pleasing by toning down the green and red a fair bit, and boosting contrast a little bit, from my screen settings. The scenes with the strongest tint still remained too green, but many others looked more natu...
by HungFist
26 Sep 2018, 14:39
Forum: Asian Film/DVD Discussion
Topic: Retro Cinemas and Cult Films in Japan
Replies: 135
Views: 44630

Re: Retro Cinemas and Cult Films in Japan

Went to rent some dvds from Tsutaya (Japan's biggest rental store chain) today and this caught my eye.

Image

The Rapeman 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7... the whole series that is.

God bless Japan :cool:
by HungFist
25 Sep 2018, 15:16
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 4607
Views: 403989

Re: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5

Be-bop High School (ビー・バップ・ハイスクール) (Japan, 1985) [DVD] - 3.5/5 I had little interest in this series until a guy who owns a movie bar in Tokyo (with a torn up Wolfguy poster on the bathroom door!) told me it's a ton of fun. He was right. This was one of the pinnacles of Japanese 80s pop culture, mer...
by HungFist
23 Sep 2018, 17:47
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 9764
Views: 586685

Re: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5

What Have They Done to Your Daughters (Italy, 1974) [BD] - 3.5/5 Cynical follow-up to What Have You Done to Solange sees schoolgirls in peril again. This one, however, trades away all the romanticism and is also more of a poliziotteschi that giallo. Effective and political, but also depressingly da...
by HungFist
22 Sep 2018, 10:51
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: What Have You Just Ordered or Received?
Replies: 6205
Views: 339030

Re: What Have You Just Ordered or Received?

By some miracle, I actually received my Perversion Story BD today. By miracle I say, because I spent three weeks wondering what on earth is USPS doing with my package? https://sketchesofcinema.files.wordpress.com/2018/09/usps1.jpg I bet they thought "Japan" was some small town in California and didn...
by HungFist
20 Sep 2018, 14:15
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 4607
Views: 403989

Re: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5

Have they ever collected this series as a box set? Nope, and knowing Toei, if they had it'd cost more than the individual releases... Now seen parts 1-5, of which no 2 is my favourite. Part 1 is awful but I have to watch it again because of a Teruo Ishii Abnormal Love article I'm working on... I gu...
by HungFist
19 Sep 2018, 14:50
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 4607
Views: 403989

Re: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5

Hot Springs Geisha 3 (温泉こんにゃく芸者) (Japan, 1970) [DVD] - 2/5 This is a step back in the wrong direction after the wild and entertaining part 2. Somehow it's a whole lot tamer as well. A small town girl (newcomer Miwako Onaya) becomes a geisha to make money to send home. There are some minor points of...
by HungFist
16 Sep 2018, 04:40
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 9764
Views: 586685

Re: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5

The Predator (USA, 2018) [DCP] - 3/5 This feels like something scripted by two Predator loving kids in the late 80s or early 90s throwing "You know what'd be cool?" and "What if?" ideas at each other - in a good way. Messy but fun sci-fi action has great monster design, a decent "predator squad" (i...
by HungFist
15 Sep 2018, 07:12
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 4607
Views: 403989

Re: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5

Akira (アキラ) (Japan, 1988) [35mm] - 4.5/5 My 3rd time seeing this in 35mm, as amazing as always. It seems I'm always in Tokyo when Akira screens, and of course I had to go this time as well since I was in town. It's a good print save for a few scratches but the sound was a bit shrill this time aroun...
by HungFist
12 Sep 2018, 12:42
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 4607
Views: 403989

Re: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5

Gambler's Code - Loyalty Offering (博徒仁義 盃) (Japan, 1970) [TV] - 2/5 Three yakuza brothers grow apart when chivalrous Bunta Sugawara goes to prison for his clan. Kyosuke Machida goes bad under Tatsuo Endo's rotten influence, Sugawara is still the same when he's released and Goro Ibuki is confused. A...